Tìm Kiếm

3 tháng 9, 2017

Homily for XXII Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A (September 3, 2017)

Let Us Go To Jerusalem With Him
(see Mt 16:21-27)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In today’s Gospel, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior tells His disciples that He will go to Jerusalem where He must accomplish His saving mission for the whole human race.

The disciples’ reaction to Jesus’ announcement, through that of Saint Peter, is clearly, if not a violent protest against, a strong disagreement about how humanity should be saved from sin and death.

God’s plan to free sinners from the power of the Evil One has been well prepared for generations.  In His turn, Jesus is willing to carry it out into details as foretold by the Holy Bible:

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me;
Holocaust and sin offerings you took no delight in.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.’[1] 

For Jesus it would be more precious to do the Holy Will of God the Father than to offer any sacrifice, even the sacrifice of His own life.

Only by surrendering to God their free will and saying ‘yes’ to His command can Christians deserve being true disciples of Jesus Who all His life considered His food the completion of the Holy Will of God the Father Who sent Him.[2]

Only by obeying God’s Holy Will without reserve after the example of Jesus can Christians make worthy reparation for all forms of evil consequences because of man’s disobedience.

This is the implication of what Jesus wants to mention by saying to the disciples to go with Him to Jerusalem.  Not only will they merely go there with Him but they will join Him in the very act of accepting at all cost, even the cost of their own lives, the Holy Will of God the Father. 

Unfortunately, the disciples, for reasons unknown to us, refuse to follow Jesus on the journey to Jerusalem, to the act of absolute obedience, to the gift of their free will, and to the offering of their own lives, to do the Holy Will of God.

“Going to Jerusalem with Jesus” remains for us Christians, now and here, a challenge not easy to take with determination and without reserve.

But Jesus is urging all of us to make a choice:

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.     

How do you think?

Let us go to Jerusalem with Him.

Fr. Francis Nguyen Van Nhut, O.P.

[1] Heb 10:5-7.
[2] See Jn 4:34.